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A Defaulting Witness.

Auckland, June 23 In the Magistrate's Court this morning, Mr C C Kettle S.M., inflicted a fine of £20 upon a witness named James M'Quoid, who had failed to attend the Court after being subpoenaed twice. No expenses having been tendered m the ca3e of the first subpoena, a second was issued and served, along with the customary iteoder for.expenses. Yesterday the case again came before the Magistrate, and M Quoid did not appear. After some discussion the ease was again adjourned till Jthis morning to enable defendant to take proceedings against M'Quoid for disobeying an order of the Court. The case came on again this morning, and still there was no appearance of M'QuoidJ The Magistrate said that it seemed fa case of deliberate defiance of the processes of the Court and of gross contempt. He con* sidered it his duty to inflict & fine, considerable inconvenience having resulted from M'Quoid's recaloitrance, and he therefore fined him the maximum sum of £20, with the alternative of fourteen days' imprisonment. It would be open to M'Quoid to apply to have the fine reduced if he could show reason for it.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905

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A Defaulting Witness. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905